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Good point, mine is integrated. So if you are going to do anything that needs a dedicated GPU like video editing, that would be a bad decision. If I needed anything stronger than my laptop I would just use my desktop anyway. I do highly recommend a SSD though. It helps so much because I go to different offices all the time and a 10 second boot time is awesome. It also gave me about an hour of battery life on top of what I already had.

As far as screensize goes though, if you are working for a company ask them if they will purchase an extra monitor for you to use at your desk, or have one laying around. I wouldnt want to program without another keyboard and mouse too, and dual monitors makes everything easier.

Well, he wants a laptop, so I assume he has a reason for it over a desktop.
Maybe he travels, using it in college/university, wants a mobile device and etc?

Well, Y500 is a perfect match for him in between of that pricing.
Otherwise he'll be dealing with laptops without a dedicated GPU which is a big no no except AMD because it has a superb IGP performance, but it'll have poor CPU speed and considering he's going to spend 600-800 dollar which is basically an Intel range.

Unless he want the Acer's laptop with AMD A10-4600m + 7670m APU Crossfire, 6GB RAM, 15.6", 1366x768, and 750GB HDD for 500 dollarish, and he can replace the HDD for a 120GB to 256 GB SSD and remove the optical drive for the 750GB HDD (preinstalled earlier) or 1TB HDD OR keep the optical drive on and use external 1TB HDD (portable).

It should cost him around 600-800 dollar for upgrading it.

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My experience is that you can program on almost any computer. I did Java, C++, VB, and PLC using Eclipse, Visual Studio '05, and Rockwell Automation software in college on a little dual core atom with 2GB of RAM. Was it the nicest way to code? No, the screen and keyboard were small, the system was sluggish if I had a browser and media player open but it did work and it was dirt cheap relatively speaking. Also, the portability (the original reason for its purchase) was just wonderful.

That said, I bought an i5 laptop with 4GB of RAM and a 14" screen not long after going into college which performs spectacularly to this day. It is much easier to code with due to the increased RAM, processing power, and physical size but I did lose some of that portability and convenience as well.

My recommendation is to think about a few key things and let us know so we can help you best.
1. Are you going to be in one place programming or programming in multiple locations with the laptop? This will change screen size and thus physical size, thus portability.
2. What all are you programming in? C++ or SQL or what? Also, how advanced of programming do you intend to do and learn? This will help us better get specs in line with what you need.
3. Do you have any special requirements?

If you can answer those basic questions for us we should be able to help more.
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I am just starting out but I hope to be able to create my own RPGs and start a bit of networking.
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Its going to take a while to get the point you are making a full game so I would try to max out performance if possible. I would shoot for an Asus, Dell, Lenovo, or MSI laptop with at least 8GB of RAM and an i5 if possible. Preferably I would say go for an i7 quad with hyperthreading but I suspect that will push things above your.

I know this Lenovo Thinkpad is near the top of your budget but its a very good candidate. Lenovo makes a very solid PC and the thinkpad line is an enterprise class PC. The one thing it is lacking is some semblance of a GPU.

If you were interested in a GPU then this Dell Inspiron would work quite nicely too. It also though is quite near your maximum budget.

These are just a couple of ideas of what is out there for you. Both of the PCs have i7 quad cores with hyperthreading and 8GB of ram which will suit you quite well for a good long time in programming as well as networking.

If you are averse to spending as much as the above to laptops, then look for an i5 laptop. They are solid performers but have less horsepower to them than the i7. Will an i5 suit you right now? Very definitely, but 3 years from now when you are compiling a game and then test running it, you may want more power.
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Well, isn't Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is perfect for him, lol?
I know I have been saying this for couple of times, lol.
It is perfect for his budget.
     
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For networking, get a laptop that you can run backtrack on wink.gif
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Well, isn't Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is perfect for him, lol?
I know I have been saying this for couple of times, lol.
It is perfect for his budget.

Ideapads are nice, but if you have the option of a Thinkpad I would take that over the Ideapad any day. The Thinkpads are just built better.
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For networking, get a laptop that you can run backtrack on wink.gif
Hadn't even thought about that but quite true. Though given its linux base there is just about nothing it won't run on.
That being said, what kind of networking are you looking to do?
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Ideapads are nice, but if you have the option of a Thinkpad I would take that over the Ideapad any day. The Thinkpads are just built better.
Hadn't even thought about that but quite true. Though given its linux base there is just about nothing it won't run on.
That being said, what kind of networking are you looking to do?

I agree with Unknown. The thinkpads are just built so much better. I like having a keyboard I can spill things on with drains coming out the bottom lol. Also, if you want to get into network security make sure you get something that you can hook a wlan receiver card to so you can capture packets in transit over the air as well
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Ideapads are nice, but if you have the option of a Thinkpad I would take that over the Ideapad any day. The Thinkpads are just built better.
Hadn't even thought about that but quite true. Though given its linux base there is just about nothing it won't run on.
That being said, what kind of networking are you looking to do?

Well, true, Thinkpad has better built however they lacked a good GPU.
I know they use the professional GPU however I heard someone said it is HORRIBLE for programming games.
Otherwise, he has no choice but to use the integrated GPU which I would advise to stay away from it and use a gaming GPU.

Not to mention, it's not like he's going to throw the damn laptop, and I assume he'll take good care of it so it doesn't matter that much.
Unless he's clumsy then he might as well grab it.
     
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